Category Archives: Reformed Theology

Total depravity?

Caution is warranted on articulating a doctrine of human depravity from the wrong starting point. Continue reading

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Does God control everything?

Does God have a plan that will conquer what feels like the chaos of human history? If God has control over everything, is he not a cosmic puppeteer pulling our strings when he wants us to dance? Continue reading

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Unbelief – understood in five ways

Why do people refuse to believe in God? Continue reading

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What about Cain?

What do we learn about the sin nature from Cain? For all that has been written about the fall of humanity, very little is focused on Cain. Check the major works of theology on this theme and you won’t find substantive consideration of Cain. Why is this? Continue reading

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Do you understand common grace?

How do we remain serious about lines between belief and unbelief (between those who live in the boundaries of saving grace and those who do not), while at the same time showing active appreciation for all that is good, beautiful and outside of those boundaries? Continue reading

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A Great Statement of Faith

The essence of God’s action in wrath is to give men what they choose, in all its implications: nothing more, and equally nothing less. Continue reading

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How did Adam’s sin affect Humanity?

One of the deepest discussions among biblical scholars concerns the way Adam’s sin affected humanity. Continue reading

Posted in Anger, Anthropology, Audio, Audio Resource, Cain, Depravity, Depression, Devil, Evil in the world, Evil One, Hamartiology, Hermeneutics, Human depravity, Origin of Sin, Problem of evil, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Sin, Theology | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Total Depravity?

Caution is needed about articulating a doctrine of human depravity from the wrong starting point. Can a misguided understanding of this important truth lead to over-renunciation? Continue reading

Posted in Christian life, Christianity, Depravity, Dysfunctional, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Hamartiology, Human depravity, Human dignity, Humanism, Image of God, Imago Dei, Problem of evil, Reformed Theology, Sin, Wisdom | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

A truncated view of sin?

After many years of studying Scripture, I developed a growing concern over the possibility that the reformed tradition has articulated its doctrine of depravity from the wrong starting point. Continue reading

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God is sovereign; Humans are accountable

If we teach either one in a way that diminishes the other, we do not faithfully represent the truth. Continue reading

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